The Indian Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has sent a very clear message to the armed forces that there should be no leniency to anti-national elements and terrorists, while the soldiers should follow Standard Operating Procedures while dealing with the civilian protesters. His pitch was clear that while all measures would be taken to avoid civilian casualties but there would be no let up in dealing with militants and those who are putting the national security in jeopardy.
During hs visit to Jammu, the army chief also took stock of security situation along the LoC, International Border and China border. He was given a detailed report of the the latest protests in Kashmir which erupted after the Handwara incident. The army chief was also told that the troops had resorted to firing because the mob was very violent and there was no other way left for soldiers to protect themselves and the bunker.
Suhag later told his men to keep a close liasion with other security forces for crowd control and follow set procedures. However he maintained that strict action should be taken against anti-national elements who must be dealt with sternly. The army officials also expressed unanimity that lifting AFSPA which has been a long pending demand in Kashmir was no possible in wake of terrorist violence and unrest in the valley.
There are indications that army will also seek a flag meeting with Chinese army after the Chinese troops stopped a civil work in Demchok village in ladakh. Suhag also asked his officers to plug the gaps on the LoC and international border as Pakistan would try to push maximum number of terrorists to take advantage of the unrest in valley.